BBC drama Four Lives 'delayed'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 January 2021
Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

The Stephen Merchant-led BBC drama 'Four Lives' has been delayed

'Four Lives' has been delayed.

The BBC drama, which stars Stephen Merchant and Sheridan Smith, tells the story of serial killer Stephen Port, who was given a whole life prison term in November 2016 for murdering four young men.

An inquest into the death of his victims has been delayed due to coronavirus, and the programme, which was shot two years ago, isn't able to air until it is complete.

A TV insider said: "This will prolong the agony of families who are hoping the drama will show the world how the cases were handled, and how police may have been able to stop the killer sooner.

"Relatives were already upset last year when they learned the broadcast date was being pushed back by at least 14 months due to the court proceedings."

As of yet, there is "no clear sign" as to when the inquest could be carried out, and as a result it's not known when 'Four Lives' – which stars Merchant as killer Port – will make it to the small screen.

The insider added to The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "That is only set to intensify as there is no clear sign when the Covid-19 lockdown will lift and the inquest can take place.

"Their frustration is shared by the BBC, who have had the schedules on so many shows thrown into disarray by the pandemic.

"But with 'Four Lives' they have a sure-fire hit completed and ready to air."

Ex-chef Port, 45, was found guilty of the four murders – carried out between 2014 and 2015 – after a trial at the Old Bailey.

He lured the victims to his flat after finding them on dating apps, such as Grindr, and drugged them with GHB.

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